Hackers are unleashing an increasing volume of threats specifically targeting mobile devices. In 2014, the number of attacks against Android devices was 4 times greater than in 2013. While the majority of attacks focused on Android devices, there’s now a growing volume of cyber threats targeting iPhones and iPads. Because iOS devices are so popular, cybercriminals are devoting more effort to compromising their security. Even connecting an iPhone to a Mac to charge its battery can result in malicious threats passing from Mac to iPhone.
BYOD Can Add to Your Risks
If we add in the growing adoption of BYOD (bring your own device) initiatives, the security risks are multiplied further. With employees’ own mobile devices now carrying a mix of their own personal apps and data – plus corporate data and access passwords – the likelihood of security breaches has greatly increased. Furthermore, because mobile devices are so small, they’re easily lost or stolen; missing devices can give unauthorised users direct access to corporate systems and data.